I can’t wait to give this to my little niece. I repurposed a pair of old jeans using a converted (Simplicity #1234) pattern into a cobbler-style paint smock.
I cut off both legs.
The smock front is made from one leg; I slit the inseam. With the leg opened up, I pinned the pattern keeping the top-stitched seam in the center. The pattern was placed on the fold, so I had to flip it over before cutting.
For the back, I used the other pants leg. Cutting along the top-stitched seam, I left a 1” (2.5 cm) seam allowance. Folding over and pinning the extra allowance under, I machined-hemmed the length so that the top-stitched edge was left intact.
For the right side of the apron back I pinned the pattern along the newly turned-under top-stitched edge with the bottom touching the leg hem. The pattern calls or a hemmed curved bottom. Instead, I did not cut along the pattern, but left the jean’s original leg hem. Flipping the pattern over, I repeated the same steps to cut out the left side apron back.
I cut bias tape from left over jean fabric. I sewed this to the neck, armhole edges and sewed two 12” (30 cm) lengths for the tie.
The bottom hem is a little lop-sided, but I like the look
I cut the back pockets and small change pocket off and machine-stitched them to the apron front to hold art and craft supplies.
I had to hand-tack the change pocket due to the rivets.
So, what do you think of my repurposing project?
Happy Holidays, Everyone!
Have a good week! – – Joanne